NEWS from KPM ASSOCIATES
Kevin P. McAnarney UPDATE For
Immediate Release (9/06):
Yangtze Repertory Theatre Of America, Inc. presents
An Evening of Dance Choreographed by Max Luna III
At The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University)
SEPTEMBER 22 & 23, 2006 8:00 pm Special Benefit 9/23 at 3:00 pm
WORLD PREMIERE TO LIVE MUSIC
Luna, an evening of dance choreographed by Max Luna III will be presented by Yangtze
Repertory Theatre of America at the Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts at Pace
University, 3 Spruce Street (between Park Row and Gold Street, opposite City Hall)
New York City, on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2006, at 8:00 p.m.
There will be a special benefit performance on Saturday at 3:00 pm to support two
Filipino foundations that train talented impoverished street children in the art of
Mr. Luna's choreography is a dynamic blend shaped by his intimate association with
Alvin Ailey and the Ailey company, as well as his roots in the Filipino dance and
artistic community. The program will include a world premiere: "Mga Awit" (A Love
Song Cycle for Voice, Cello and Piano) to live music (Sal Malaki, Tenor; Marc David
Tagle, Cello; Cynthia Guerrero DeLeon, Piano) from renowned Filipino musician
Michael Dadap, as well as: American Rhapsody (Music: George & Ira Gershwin),
originally commissioned by Teatro Nuovo and premiered at the opening for the
International Dance Festival in Vignale, Italy; Cold Song (Music: Klaus Nomi), Max
Luna's tribute to Alvin Ailey; The Hurt We Enbrace (Music: Jan Kaczmarek), Tinig Ng
Lupa (Sounds of the Earth) (Music: Pinikpikan), a piece based on the rituals of
tribes that live in the northern mountains of the Philippines, called the Igorot.
The costumes for the engagement are by Elena Commendador with lighting by Chad
Max Luna III has a performance, teaching and choreography career spanning 30 years
with international dance companies, including the last fifteen years with The Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater. He began his training in his birthplace of Manila,
Philippines culminating in a scholarship with the Ballet Philippines. In the United
States, Mr. Luna continued his training with scholarships from the American Ballet
Theater School, School of American Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet School. He then
joined the Ballet Neuvo Mundo de Caracas and went on to dance with the Ballet
Hispanico, Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and finally six
highly acclaimed years dancing with the Ailey company.
His teaching credits include Howard University, Sarah Lawrence College, the City
University of New York, Manhattanville College, Ballet Hispanico, Steps as well as
various Master Classes. He has also held numerous workshops in Europe and is
currently on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Luna's
choreography has been commissioned by colleges/universities, Ballet Asia, Teatro
Nuovo de Torino, Teatro Danza, Company Canto y Danca (Mozambique), Ma-Yi Theater
Ensemble and for numerous Ailey American Dance Center studio performances. He
brought his own company to perform an evening of his work in France in 2000.
Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America (www.yangtze-rep-theatre.org
) was co-founded by
Joanna Chan, Artistic Director, in 1992, to produce works for and by Asian artists.
It has become New York's most significant entry points for dramatic works from
Chinese-speaking countries and a place of collaboration for artists from various
parts of Asian. Yangtze have been responsible for the New York debuts of many
notable artists, including Gao XingJian, the 2000 Nobel laureate in literature.
While the company is more prolific in producing dramatic productions, it is also
known for its dance series, Luna being its 9th dance production. Tickets are $15 for
Friday & Saturday evenings (Seniors/student $12). For the benefit performance on
Saturday, the tickets are $100, $50, $25. For online ticketing, please go to www.
Smarttix.com or call 212-868-4444. For reservations, please go to
or call 718-263-8829 (English/Chinese).
This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the
Arts, a State Agency. It is also made possible with a grant from the New York City
Department of Cultural affairs.
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